Goodman opts to miss opener for Towson

He'll sit out tourney game to observe Jewish Sabbath

March 01, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Towson guard Tamir Goodman will miss a first-round game and probably half of a possible quarterfinal at this weekend's America East men's basketball tournament in Newark, Del.

Goodman, who has averaged six points, 4.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds this season, cannot play in tomorrow's 8:15 p.m. game against Hartford because he will observe the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sundown Friday and ends Saturday at sundown.

If Towson - seeded seventh in the tournament - advances past the first round, it would play a second-round game against No. 2 seed Delaware at 6 p.m. Saturday, so Goodman would miss part of the first half.

In that case, Goodman - who had not missed a game because of the religious restriction this season - will stay in a Newark hotel until the Sabbath ends, then head over to the Bob Carpenter Center to enter the game.

Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards asked the conference to allow his team to play a later game - ensuring Goodman's full participation - but was denied.

America East spokesman Matt Bourque said that for Delaware, playing an earlier game means more rest before Sunday's semifinals.

"Throughout the regular season, we'd done everything possible to accommodate Tamir," Bourque said. "But with the potential to put the No. 2 seed at a disadvantage after they'd earned that spot, we couldn't do that."

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